Dumpling Den recently opened at Event Cinemas on George Street on the 17th of December 2013. Movie goers and other foodies nearby now have an additional choice. Dumplings heaven, or so it seems.
One of the seafood dumplings
The establishment is fairly welcoming, yet it has that cold fast food franchise feel. Although the staff are wonderful and friendly, the service is a little cold. Needless to say, my recent lunch experience at Dumpling Den did not end fully in regret. Orange stools and a little Christmas tree was perched in the middle of every white table.
A glimpse of the Seafood Scallop, and the Wagyu Beef dumplings.
Order your dumplings, and the person serving you is writing them down. Despite being a hot day, I did not think to order a drink. You're charged for water here too. The air conditioning was welcoming, and ever so pleasant to just chill out.
The simple ambience
The dumplings are categorised from premium to seafood, and some sweet dumplings are also available.
This is what yours truly ordered. Everything was packaged and served on one plate:
Premium - $2.50 each:
Seafood - $1.80 each:
Prawn & Leek
Fish & Lemongrass
Dessert - three for $6:
Apple & Cinnamon
Lychee & Coconut Cream
The sweet ones
It took a bit longer than expected for the dumplings to arrive on my table. Least of all they were fresh, and I was given an extra piece of the Wagyu Beef dumpling. Loved the black dish. It would have been good to have not been given paper chopsticks to use with such a good dish. Maybe (on this occasion) I may have been a little too picky.
The Seafood and Premium dumplings ordered
Loved the wholemeal coating on the Wagyu Beef. The beef inside was quite mellow. It wasn't a darker brown than what I thought. It was interesting dipping this into some special tangy sauce, of which gave my gyoza style dumplings a bit more oomph. The Seaweed Scallop dumpling was flavoursome, with a hint of the seaweed flavour. Quite well cooked fish.
Fish and Lemongrass dumpling
Now to the seafood. The leek flavour in the Prawn & Leek must have somehow overpowered the prawn. This one was a little bland. No taste, yet a smooth texture. On the other hand, the Fish & Lemongrass dumpling was interestingly good. The fish was quite soft and beautiful. The lemongrass flavour was just right.
Wagyu Beef dumpling
The sweet dumpling treats filled me up more than the savoury counterparts. I originally ordered a Nutella gyoza style dumpling, only to be told after taking a seat that they've run out. The staff suggested the Lemon Pie instead. I agreed, and it was just sensational - except for the pastry. The pastry's texture was a bit like glue. It could have been much softer. The Apple & Cinnamon gyoza was a treat. Loved the chunks of apple. The Lychee & Coconut Cream dumpling gyoza treat was good, yet a little too sweet and creamy for my liking. Then again, it filled the spot.
Tucking into the Lychee & Coconut Cream one
A good treat, yet a little too expensive for the value you're receiving. Although I am glad to have given this establishment a go, however I won't be back in a hurry.
Dumpling Den on George Street
Where: Dumpling Den, Event Cinemas George Street Sydney NSW.
Why: Dumplings galore, and freshly prepared.
Cost: My bill came to $14.60